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Unsafe in a Safe Space: Microaggressions in the Therapeutic Relationship (In-Person) is a Course

Unsafe in a Safe Space: Microaggressions in the Therapeutic Relationship (In-Person)

6 credits

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Full course description

Date: Monday, September 12, 2022
Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
Location: The Fawcett Event Center (In-Person)
CEs: Six (6)
No fee
Registration Deadline: 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 10, 2022 (Deadline has been extended.)

Course Description

This is an in-person event.

“Racial microaggressions are brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward people of color.” (Sue, et al., 2007).

Many of us have learned and talked about microaggressions in various settings, but what about in the therapy space? What happens when we commit a microaggression towards our client? What happens when our client commits a microaggression towards us? Is it always ok to address the client directly? Is it ever ok? What are the negative impacts of microaggressions on treatment outcomes? What can administrators do to ensure the best service to our communities? How do we address the microaggressions embedded in our policies and procedures?

We will discuss these questions and more and begin to process how to manage microaggressions based on race and other aspects of identity when they emerge during our work with clients/patients—from the first contact to the therapeutic space.

Learning Objectives

  1. Identify both overt and covert microaggressions.
  2. Illustrate knowledge of ways to address microaggressions with a client/patient and distinguish when it is therapeutically appropriate to do so.
  3. Discover methods to prevent, and identify ways to be mindful of, microaggressions at the policy level, thereby improving access to and experience with mental health services provided to the communities that they serve.
  4. Reflect on, and be able to summarize, how their own biases and backgrounds affect their clinical work with clients/patients from demographic groups that are similar to and different from their own racial/ethnic/cultural/religious/gender/sexual orientation backgrounds. 

Continuing Education Information

  • Classifications
    • Six (6) CE clock hours
    • Content Level: Intermediate
    • Meets requirements for OCSWMFT Board 
    • Meets requirements for OCDP Board in
      • Prevention: CC - Cultural Competence in Prevention
      • Clinical Supervision Treatment: S1 - Counselor Development
    • Meets requirements for ASWB ACE Program 
  • Attendance Requirements
    • Participants must submit an individual registration in ScarletCanvas to receive CE credit.
    • Upon arrival, you must first check in to the event by providing your handwritten signature and arrival time on the registration attendance record, which will be alphabetized by last name. You are required by the Boards to provide your signature and list your arrival time to earn CE credit.
    • When the event concludes, you must check out by providing your departure time on the registration attendance record. You are required by the Boards to list your departure time to earn CE credit.
    • You must attend the session, in full, to receive credit. Partial credit will not be awarded, with no exceptions.
    • You must also submit the post-event evaluation survey to receive your CE certificate. More details are listed below.
  • Evaluation, Certificate, & Reporting
    • Eligible participants will receive an email announcement within five (5) business days of the training end date indicating access to the course evaluation/feedback survey has been opened.
    • Once your evaluation/feedback survey is submitted, ScarletCanvas-Catalog will generate your CE certificate/certificate of attendance for download and/or print.
    • CE hours will be reported to CE Broker within 30-days for OCSWMFTB and OCDP licensees who provide their full license numbers with their course evaluation/feedback survey.

The Ohio State University College of Social Work, (Provider: RCST111747), is an approved provider for The State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker and Marriage and Family Therapist (OCSWMFT) Board.

The Ohio State University College of Social Work, (Provider: 50-24068), is an approved provider for The Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals (OCDP) Board.

The Ohio State University College of Social Work, (Provider: 1628), is approved to offer social work continuing education by the Association of Social Work Boards (ASWB) Approved Continuing Education (ACE) program. Organizations, not individual courses, are approved as ACE providers. State and provincial regulatory boards have the final authority to determine whether an individual course may be accepted for continuing education credit. OSU College of Social Work maintains responsibility for this course. ACE provider approval period: 4/30/22-4/30/25. Social workers completing this course receive six (6) continuing education credits.

Don't see your licensing board or certifying entity/agency listed as an approved CE provider above? Please contact your licensing board or certifying entity/agency directly to find out if they will accept CE clock hours awarded by OSU College of Social Work.

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We recommend that you review the guidance below prior to the start of the course. It will help you navigate the course. Please refer back to these links as needed throughout your time in the course.

Please note, ScarletCanvas and CarmenCanvas are two different systems. ScarletCanvas houses the University's professional development courses, while CarmenCanvas houses our academic courses. Your CarmenCanvas sign in information does not transfer to ScarletCanvas.

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      • Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge do not seem to be compatible.
      • If you experience issues with the CAPTCHA (I’m not a robot verification) upon registration, we have found it resolves itself when using a current Chrome browser.
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  • If you are licensed by The State of Ohio CSWMFT and CDP Boards, please be sure to enter your full license number in the Professional License Information field upon registration and when completing the training evaluation.
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We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. If you require an accommodation to participate in this course, please contact CSW Accessibility as early as possible and in advance of the training start date by email at or call 614-688-1657.

Requests received at least 14-days prior to the event will generally allow us to provide seamless access, but the College will make every effort to meet requests that we receive regardless of lead time.

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We are committed to providing an optimal learning experience for our course participants. However, we recognize that on occasion something unexpected may occur that would keep you from attending a training, or that there may be an instance that requires us to review circumstances that have caused concern for a participant, an instructor, or both. Please visit our Complaint, Refund, No-Show, & Cancellation Policies for more information on this process.

Contact Us

The Ohio State University, College of Social Work, Office of Continuing Education, 302 Stillman Hall, 1947 College Road, Columbus OH, 43210. Phone: (614) 292-3032. Email: Website: